Thomas Weaver PhD

Hertz Fellow: Thomas Weaver PhD

University of California, Berkeley

Area of Study


Fellowship Years

1971 - 1975

Senior Fellowship Interviewer

Dr. Thomas Weaver is Senior Fellowship Interviewer for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors. In this capacity, he coordinates the process for selecting the Graduate Fellowships in the applied physical sciences and engineering offered by the Foundation, as well as the mentoring of in-school Hertz Fellows.

Tom is also well known for his pioneering research in understanding the evolution of massive stars and supernova, as well as the production of the chemical elements in such stars and the design of and demonstration of x-ray lasers. He has received many honors for his work, including the Department of Energys E.O. Lawrence Award.

Tom worked for 28 years in the Physics Department at the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where in addition to his research, he served as the Leader of the X-ray Laser Program and the General Studies Division Leader. His current research interests have expanded to include theoretical biology and an exploration of the evolution and nature of complex systems, mind/brain operation and the associated phenomena of consciousness.

Tom also consults for Intellectual Ventures on the development of a broad range of new ideas and inventions in physics, engineering and biology, including the TerraPower initiative for the development of advanced nuclear reactors.